Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pregnancy Diaries ~ I survived my C-section

So I was told I was going to have a c-section. What is a c-section?

From Wikipedia,

A Caesarean section, (also C-section, Caesarian section, Cesarean section, Caesar, etc.) is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies, or, rarely, to remove a dead fetus. A late-term abortion using Caesarean section procedures is termed a hysterotomy abortion and is very rarely performed. The first modern Caesarean section was performed by German gynecologist Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer in 1881.

A Caesarean section is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk, although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural.

I had Placenta Previa and was told from the beginning that I would need one. My placenta was blocking my cervis. So if the baby decided to come, or I started getting contractions, the baby would not be able to come out. So here is my story from my eyes:

I had my last visit with my doctor Monday the 19th, where I was told what time to show up, where, what, how, and why. So I was told not to eat anything after midnight on Wednesday the 21st. Since we did not know if we would be missing Christmas with the family we had Christmas Dinner that night. We could not sleep that night. We were up still packing or trying to pack. We dosed off, dont know what time but set our clocks for 1 1/2 hours before our appointment.
December 22nd-That morning we could not wake up. It was hard. We were tired, very tired. We started loading up the truck, which we should have done the night before. We showered and got dressed. My bestfriend wanted to go with us, so we scooped her up. We then headed to the hospital. We never took a tour so we were just winging it to where we needed to be. We found the registration area, even though we were late for our 9:30 am appointment. I was asked for my ID and insurance card. Again I forgot my insurance card, but it was ok since it was on file. If not, not sure what we would have had to have done. I was checked in, and there was no turning back. They called my name and took me to prep.
I was tagged, Iv attached, and consulted by nurses, and anesthesiologist. I was scared. I was nervous. My husband went and grabbed some quick breakfast while this was being done. Then our family started to arrive to wish us well, and to pray for us. I am so glad they showed up for support not just for me but for my husband. This is his first baby. So of we go. I was taken into the operating room, very scary place. My husband again waited until he was called. The nurses from before were all in there. The anesthesiologist started getting me ready. I was given a spinal block. What is a Spinal block?

From Wikipedia

Spinal anaesthesia (or spinal anesthesia), also called spinal analgesia[citation needed] or sub-arachnoid block (SAB), is a form of regional anaesthesia involving injection of a local anaesthetic into the subarachnoid space, generally through a fine needle, usually 9 cm long (3.5 inches).

Difference from epidural anaesthesia

Epidural anaesthesia is a technique whereby a local anaesthetic drug is injected through a catheter placed into the epidural space. This technique has some similarity to spinal anaesthesia, and the two techniques may be easily confused with each other. Differences include:

-The involved space is larger for an epidural, and subsequently the injected dose is larger, being about 10–20 mL in epidural anaesthesia compared to 1.5–3.5 mL in a spinal.

-In an epidural, an indwelling catheter may be placed that avails for additional injections later, while a spinal is almost always a one-shot only.

-The onset of analgesia is approximately 15–30 minutes in an epidural, while it is approximately 5 minutes in a spinal.

-An epidural often does not cause as significant neuromuscular block unless specific local anaesthetics are used which block motor fibres as readily as sensory nerve fibres, while a spinal more often does.

-An epidural may be given at a cervical, thoracic, or lumbar site, while a spinal must be injected below L2 to avoid piercing the spinal cord.

My friend had told me her spinal block was great. It worked fast and afterwards she was able to recover faster. And she was right. As soon as they did it, I got numb from the boobies down to my toes. I did not feel a thing. All I felt was the table rocking.
My arms were spread eagle for the procedure. And someone had told me you shake and I did. I had asked the anesthesiologist why this happens and he explained that it is a common side affect of the medicine or also because the OR is kept cold your body will shake after you have the baby. You go from carrying a baby to not, you loose blood, the placenta comes out, etc... I shook cause I was really cold. It all went really fast but then really slow, if you know what I mean. I went in, and next thing you know we are there, and its happening and you are just in shock that it is happening. The procedure started, and that fast the baby was born.
At 10:18 am, my lil bit was born. Then it took until 10:45 for me to be sown back up and the c-section to be over. I was in recovery by 11 am. I did not feel when the baby came out. I only heard them say it. Then afterwards my husband came and showed me our baby. I heard what the doctors were saying and in the end they came and told me congratulations and that everything went well.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad it all went well. Now we need a pic of your sweet littl one! Patricia

Carmen Ortiz said...

Muchas felicidades!! Que Dios bendiga a tu bebe. Gracias por contarnos lo que viviste en ese momento. Me alegro mucho por ti y porque todo salio bien..